Windows 10: Setting Up a Second Router as a Repeater/Range Extender/Bridge Solved

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  1. Posts : 19,510
    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083
       10 Jun 2017 #1

    Setting Up a Second Router as a Repeater/Range Extender/Bridge


    I am quite a distance from the modem/router (several acres property) and must use a Range Extender/Repeater.

    Insider Build 16215 has knocked my WiFi into the next county, it seems and I find I must hard wire my computer to the router or Range Extender if I want Internet. Of course, the Range Extender (NetGear Nighthawk AC1900) is three rooms away from my computer equipment. Sigh . . .

    I've had several suggestions over in the Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16215 PC + 15222 Mobile Forum, and thought it would be best to move this particular thread over here where it belongs rather than take up Insider Preview space.

    One question I have is, "What is the difference between Range Extender, Repeater, Bridge, Electrical Extender, etc.

    I've had suggestions for setting these up, but need to do more research and talking about it.
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  2. Posts : 11,917
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       10 Jun 2017 #2

    Good move, your drag us here, Wynona.

    Some of the above phrases are the same, just from different communities, and some are really different.

    Range Extender/ repeater is what you have now: new device is taking input from Main router and extend signal further. You can also connect devices to its Ethernet ports...

    Bridge is basically the same, but usually describe two devices, that doesn't allow ordinary Wifi users to connect.

    Media bridge is usually used to describe wifi device with Ethernet ports, that connects to wifi and is serving devices via Ethernet ports ..

    Most of the routers can be set to any mode described above.

    Notice "usually" in descriptions above, since different manufacturers use different names for same functionality - this just to confuse intelligent users...
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  3. Posts : 1,925
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       10 Jun 2017 #3

    How to create a Network Bridge on Windows 10

    • Use the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu and select Network Connections, Ethernet, Network and Sharing Center,Change adapter settings
    • Select both, the WiFi network adapter that connects to the internet and the Ethernet adapter you want to use in the bridge connection.
    • Right-click the selection and click Bridge Connections.


    There may be more, working from memory, since I am on HP laptop with 16215, connected by ethernet, and WiFi adapter is not working of course!
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  4. Posts : 11,917
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       10 Jun 2017 #4

    There is more...
    Why not just use repeater / extender mode instead of media bridge mode (without serving original wifi signal) - extender mode basically cuts throughput in half for other users. So if you put another extender in your network (and you already have one), network speed would be 1/4 or 1/3rd of the original one, depending on how they are connected.

    Other users will describe this in more professional way...
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  5. Posts : 4,770
    Win 10 Pro x64
       10 Jun 2017 #5

    Just bear in mind that any of the above will not improve your speed and connection stability as it is still wireless (between your house and your daughter's). In fact, it may slow you down further. What you are trying to achieve here is just to trick your PC that you are using wired connection as wireless seem to pose some problems with some Insider updates.
    Last edited by badrobot; 10 Jun 2017 at 14:05.
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  6. Posts : 11,917
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       10 Jun 2017 #6

    badrobot said: View Post
    Just bear in mind that any of the above will not improve your speed and connection stability as it is still wireless (between your house and your daughter's). In fact, it may slow you down further. What you are trying to achieve here is just to trick your PC that you are using wired connection as wireless seem to pose some problems with some Insider updates.
    I have to disagree with you about this one badrobot. I was connected via wireless bridge with second house for years. It is far more stable than individual connections via wifi adapters.

    And speed is usually not an issue any more, since wireless can go to several hundred Mbps without any hiccups. ISP is bottleneck here.
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  7. Posts : 19,510
    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17083
    Thread Starter
       10 Jun 2017 #7

    I'm reading and absorbing, guys. Thanks to you all . . .
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  • Posts : 1,925
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       10 Jun 2017 #8

    You have various options, Wynona - you could make comparisons regarding workability, speed and stability afterwards, if you wish.
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  • Posts : 4,770
    Win 10 Pro x64
       10 Jun 2017 #9

    AndreTen said: View Post
    I have to disagree with you about this one badrobot. I was connected via wireless bridge with second house for years. It is far more stable than individual connections via wifi adapters.

    And speed is usually not an issue any more, since wireless can go to several hundred Mbps without any hiccups. ISP is bottleneck here.
    Yes you can disagree. But that doesn't mean I am wrong. YMMV.
    EDIT.
    But this networking solution is definitely worth a try.
    Last edited by badrobot; 10 Jun 2017 at 15:46.
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  • Posts : 535
    Windows 10 Pro 17133.73
       10 Jun 2017 #10

    Wynona,
    You said in the OP of this thread that you have a Range Extender (NetGear Nighthawk AC1900). Doesn't it have Ethernet ports?
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